ITQ win inaugural Kyocera Charity Cup
24 April 2008
Document solutions provider wins money for Aspire
A football team from document imaging specialists ITQ has won the first ever Kyocera Charity 5-a-side tournament. ITQ chose to compete on behalf of Aspire (http://www.aspire.org.uk), with all proceeds raised helping to create opportunity, choice and independence for people with spinal cord injuries. Sixteen teams from as far away as Leeds played at the event held at the Madejski Stadium Training Dome.
The tournament was organised by leading document imaging company Kyocera, official corporate sponsors of Reading Football Club, whose UK headquarters are in Reading. Teams from across the country battled it out on the pitch in four different groups with the top two teams progressing through to the quarter finals.
Teams were then knocked out, resulting in ITQ and Alto Digital Leeds competing in the final to win money for their chosen cause.
A total of £600 was raised throughout the event through entry fees, sales of programmes and a raffle.
Reading FC captain Graeme Murty also made a surprise appearance, and presented Thatcham-based ITQ with an engraved trophy and Alto Digital Leeds with runners up medals.
Graham Varndell, Sales Manager of ITQ said of the win: “Our industry is competitive so we knew it was going to be difficult to come out on top. It was great to win the tournament and it made it even more satisfying because the money goes to a charity, which is very close to us. Our work colleague of many years David Martin was very seriously injured in a car accident, which has sadly left him, paralysed from the chest down. The charity that we are giving the money to is Aspire and they have provided tremendous support to David and also other people with spinal injuries. Thanks to Kyocera and all the competitors because they contributed to such a worthy cause.”
Cassie Eales, PR Executive at Kyocera said: “We are thrilled with the response we had to Kyocera’s first charity cup and would like to thank every team and player that took part and also to Chris Best of Kyocera who had the original idea. We would like to congratulate ITQ on their magnificent win and are delighted that the money is going to such a good cause.”
ITQ and Aspire will officially be presented with the engraved Trophy Cup at a future award ceremony, further details are to be advised, in due course.